ON THE RECORD HALL OF FAME: A roundup of this year’s crime at Ferris State University

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Note: This is a compilation of the most preposterous crime reports of the 2017-18 school year. To see more reports like this, go to our website at fsutorch.com and click ‘On the record’ under the ‘News’ tab.




  • Dock and run Aug. 30, 2:30 a.m., officers found a vehicle parked in the loading dock of Williams Auditorium with the doors open. The vehicle had recently been taken from a residence on Locust Street but no suspects were in sight. The vehicle was returned to the owner and a follow up was done by city police.
  • Fighting in Hallisy Aug. 30, 3:25 p.m., officers responded to an assault complaint in Hallisy Hall. One student was lodged in jail for assault. The second student was hospitalized for the injuries received in the assault.
  • Grossed out Sept. 13, 3 p.m., officers were dispatched to Lot 33 after a report of a disorderly person. The caller stated that the subject was inappropriately touching themselves in the optometry parking lot. The subject was removed from the area and the incident was sent to a prosecutor.
  • Snapchat fail Sept. 15, 11:50 p.m., Ferris Department of Public Safety received a text-tip notification after a resident in Bond Hall posted a
    video on Snapchat of herself holding a bag of marijuana. Officers contacted the subject at her residence and found the marijuana. The subject was cited for possession and given an appearance ticket.
  • Where’s my car? Sept. 17, 2:06 a.m., officers received a call of a suspicious person attempting to get in vehicles in Lot 9. Upon arrival, officers found the subject in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. The subject appeared to be falling asleep and intoxicated. The subject was issued a ticket for being a minor in possession.
  • Tube wars Sept. 24, 2:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to Clark Hall for a dispute. The subjects were arguing over people going tubing. The subjects were referred to the Office of Student Conduct for intimidating behavior.
  • R-rated photos Sept. 24, 11:19 p.m., officers were dispatched to North Hall for a harassment complaint. Officers learned that a subject went into another student’s room to show a student an obscene photo on the subject’s phone. An investigation revealed that the subject was removed from the room. The matter was referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Golf cart mysteries Sept. 30, 7:50 p.m., officers were notified by a Ferris employee that a golf cart was stolen from the Student Recreation Center. An employee had borrowed the golf cart
    and parked it overnight near the University Center. By 5:30 p.m. the following day, the golf cart was missing. At 10:20 p.m., officers were notified that the golf cart was outside of FLITE near the 24-hour area. There was no damage done to the golf cart and it was recovered in an area with no video surveillance.
  • Runaway gamer Oct. 1, 1:29 a.m., officers assisted the Mecosta Sheriff’s Office with a retail fraud complaint. On the scene, officers talked with the manager who said the suspect had five Xbox games and another item. When the subject went to checkout and pay, he ran out of the store with the items. The subject dropped his cell phone, which was turned in to police. A search warrant was served for the suspect’s identity and for access to video footage.
  • No nudes, please Sept. 29, officers assisted the county with a call from Child Protective Services about a complainant who met a male subject online. The subject sent inappropriate pictures to the complainant. The complainant did not want to press charges.
  • Helpful welders Oct. 10, 10:45 p.m., officers received a call of subjects loading a welder into a vehicle outside of the Swan building. Upon investigation, officers learned that the subjects were students who were instructed to move the welder at the request of a professor. No one was charged or ticketed.
  • Port-a-potty rage Oct. 21, 12:05 a.m., officers investigated a disorderly subject in Lot 35. The subject was screaming and knocked over a portable toilet after residence hall staff wrote the subject up for being a minor in possession. The subject was ticketed by officers for being a minor in possession.
  • Mannequin at large Oct. 24, 8 a.m., officers investigated a report of a mannequin that was stolen from the foyer area of the Rock Cafe. The suspects were identified and the mannequin was returned. The suspects were referred to the Office of Student Conduct and a warrant was requested at the prosecutor’s office.
  • Egg-saustive damage Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., officers investigated a malicious destruction of property in the West Campus Apartments. The victim’s car had been damaged with key marks that had scraped off the paint and eggs had been thrown at it.
  • Identity thief Feb. 3, 3:08 a.m., officers were warned by central dispatch to be on the lookout for a reported stolen vehicle from an apartment complex south of Big Rapids. After an officer located the vehicle and made a traffic stop, the driver lied about their identity and was arrested for drunk driving. The driver was charged for unauthorized driving away auto, obstruction of justice, drunk driving and two warrant arrests.